Before working with Giuliani, Ukrainian official hired Trump-linked lobbyist to relay anti-Biden claims in US
Two months before a Ukrainian official’s explosive claims about former Vice President Joe Biden were brought to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, the since-disputed allegations about Biden corruptly trying to protect his son were pitched to a Washington lobbyist with ties to the Trump administration and U.S. Justice Department, according to the lobbyist himself.
“I’ve known about this stuff since September of 2018,” the lobbyist, Bud Cummins, told ABC News in an interview. “I don’t know when the president heard about it, but I bet it was a long time ago.”
The outreach to Cummins marks the first known instance of the anti-Biden allegations coming to America. And it further explains how an apparent smear campaign hatched overseas ended up metastasizing inside America.
Cummins, a former federal prosecutor and practicing attorney, was hired in September 2018 to connect Ukraine’s then-chief prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, with “high level” U.S. authorities — whom Lutsenko hoped would review evidence he collected allegedly showing Biden’s corruption as vice president, Cummins said.
“I knew precious little about Ukrainian politics at that stage,” Cummins conceded, noting he later “picked up” that Lutsenko “may or may not be a credible guy.”
Nevertheless, Lutsenko brought his allegations to Giuliani — and Trump-friendly media — only after Cummins seemed unable to find a receptive audience in the U.S. law enforcement community, according to a timeline of events described by Cummins and Giuliani’s public statements.
Nearly a year later, Lutsenko’s allegations are now at the heart of a House impeachment inquiry, whose witnesses have refuted the allegations against Biden as baseless and accused Lutsenko of unleashing falsehoods to promote his own interests……..read more
Source: ABC News